October 31st, 2008
06:13 AM ET
14 years ago

As polls tighten, the campaign arrives in McCain's home state

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/30/art.mccain30.gi.jpg caption="McCain’s campaign is spending to reach voters in his home state of Arizona."](CNN) - Democrats are making a late play for Arizona as new polls show home-state Senator John McCain with a shrinking single-digit edge over Barack Obama.

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released this week suggested McCain holds a 53 percent to 46 percent advantage. Other new surveys have indicated an even tighter race.

Earlier this week, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee paid for negative robo-calls in the state, telling voters Obama’s election “invites a major international crisis he will be unprepared to handle alone.

“If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror. Barack Obama and his Democratic allies lack the experience and judgment to lead America,” said the calls.

MoveOn.org said Thursday it was launching its ‘Obamacan’ ad statewide on broadcast and cable in response. The ad features a life-long Republican who supports Obama.

The Obama campaign sent its supporters in the state a message from national field director Jon Carson calling for volunteers, and pointing to reports McCain was "struggling in his own backyard."

“Supporters like you have put us within striking distance. Now it's time to pull off what no one expected,” said Carson.

The fresh effort forces the Arizona senator to direct late-campaign spending to his home state. Democratic officials - who say the state would likely have gone blue if McCain were not on the ballot - concede it's unlikely Obama will beat the Arizona senator there. But they say the move signals their confidence is more than symbolic - Democrats can afford to keep Arizona volunteers in their home state in the race's final days this cycle instead of directing them to neighboring New Mexico and Nevada, perennial battlegrounds.

Filed under: Arizona • Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Kina, A Veteran in NYC

    oops!!!...now Sen. McCain is really in a ditch...hahaha...go out and vote everybody...

    Obama/Biden 08


    October 31, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  2. Tired of the Lies

    “If Democrats win full control of government, they will want to give civil rights to terrorists and talk unconditionally to dictators and state sponsors of terror.

    Reagan talked unconditionally with our nation's enemies. It was an instrumental part of de-escalating the nuclear arms race, ending the cold war and bringing about the fall of the Soviet Union.

    I'm just sayin'. 😉

    October 31, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  3. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    If Senator McCain loses his home state of Arizona to his competitor, it is his own fault. He is no longer the man that Arizona elected, and he has moved away from his style of Barry Goldwater politics. Shame on him for his lies and for selling his soul to the devil, just to win! I wish Obama the greatest of luck in capturing this state, on top of the others he looks to already be capturing.

    October 31, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  4. Desmond Sequeira

    From a non-US citizen,

    October 31, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  5. bill

    its time for mccain and bush to go on loooong vacation.MAYBE TO ALASKA THEY MIGHT SEE RUSSIAfrom there

    October 31, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  6. Michigan Voter

    Don't trust the polls, This race is probably a LOT tighter than it seems, tight enough for McCain to pull ahead and win.

    October 31, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  7. Eli

    Where are Gov. Palin's medical records? The McCain camp said they would be releasing them earlier this week. It is now Friday and still no mention that these documents will be made public.

    October 31, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  8. Joe

    Two men have been arrested for hanging an effigy of Obama in Ky, but nothing has been done to the two men that did the same thing to an effigy of Sarah Palin in W Hollywood. Get ready for 4 yrs of this.

    October 31, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  9. Undecided Voter in NC

    If Obama wins, we're screwed.

    October 31, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  10. Born/Raised/In Arizona/Now in Texas

    Man, that would be totally awesome if John McCain lost his own state! When I lived in Arizona, I wouldn't vote for him or any other republican! Especially during the Ev Mecham era when they wouldn't allow a Dr. Martin Luther King State or Federal Holiday...I was there when we marched the streets of downtown Phoenix to the Capitol! Well, this too shall past...only four more days and it will all be over.

    Ladies and Gentlemen...the President of the United States of America...is Barack Obama!!!!!!!!


    October 31, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  11. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    If McCain DOES lose his home state, he will have no one to blame but himself. His erratic behavior, the negative campaign he has waged, together with all the silly, non-relevant distractions like lipstick on a pig, tire gauges, Joe the phony plumber, plus the lies and distortions about taxation and other issues, do not do him, his state, or the American people justice. We have deserved far better, and he has certainly not offered what we deserve or need.

    October 31, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  12. Rob in Michigan

    Again with the negitive attacks.. I think we are really starting to get the idea that McCain Makes poor choices, and shows his experience does not make up for lack of common sense judgement..

    October 31, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  13. Ohio Independent

    Come on Arizona, let's turn this state blue. McCain has run one of the most dishonourable presidental campaign in USA history....

    October 31, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  14. tia

    It would be great if Arizona would vote for Obama. I have family and friends there and they are trying to persuade everyone to vote Obama/Biden.

    October 31, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  15. Doug R.

    For the dirty, dishonest, low smear campaign McLiar has conducted, he deserves to lose his home state. This country deserves better than people like McCain/ Palin. THEY are the problem. The are not leaders...they are liars, crooks, and frauds.

    October 31, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  16. Rick

    I'd bet that if Obama wins, Biden's remarks will come true, taxes will go up, Dem's will raise gas tax by 45 cents and the government will become bigger and will not run for the people but run to stuff Obama's pockets with our money as he spreads the wealth with those on welfare who dont want to work, here we go to a socialist and marxiest society, GOD HELP US.........

    October 31, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  17. michelle

    As a Republican VOTING FOR OBAMA I think it would be wonderful for Mac to loose his own state, maybe then he would understand that this world is changing and he is stuck in the 'OLD BOYS' ways of doing business.
    Why we are at it I wish the USA would remove the labels from the races, in the UK where I am from we do not have African Brits, Hispanic Brits, Asian Brits etc...............we are all British.....ever heard of a German African, French Asian, Italian Hispaic?????
    Remove these labels so that people may unite!

    55 yr old white woman.

    October 31, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  18. Creative Woody

    Civil rights to terrrorists?
    Wow the GOP is floundering in its fear-mongering. It's a testament to the party that the only thing they can do at this point is play off racism and xenophobia. What a grand ole party!

    October 31, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  19. Irmiya M Sauka

    Yes the polls in Arizona are tightening. Why not ?

    The election is about issues and not personalities. The McCain campaign slogan has it right-COUNTRY FIRST But who is putting country first? It is Obama not McCain.

    McCain like Hillary campaigns as one who America owes it to him. Obama is campaigning as one who owes it to America.

    The fact that the polls is suggesting a tightening race in McCains own State is a repudiation of McCains campaign and message

    October 31, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  20. James L

    Ask Al Gore what happens when you can't even win your home state.

    October 31, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  21. Lee from FL

    if he lose in AZ then he would be forced to move back to Panama

    October 31, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  22. Susan W.

    I have had enough of the lies, scare and bully attitude. Not only are McCains ideas of trickle down the same as Buch – so is his lack of respect for Americans.
    Obama & Biden
    One Nation!

    October 31, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  23. Tylen

    I find it interesting that McCain claims Obama is "unprepared to handle alone," a crisis. (forgive me for the convoluted sentence structure) Mr. McCain, are you going to handle ANY crisis alone?!?! I certainly HOPE not! There's a reason why the president has so many advisors with so many different areas of expertice. It's because ALONE, the president is just another guy who's overwhelmed by the stresses of the world. But with his cabinet and aides, the president heads the most efficient crisis crash team in the world. Mr. McCain, you sound unprepared to work with anyone in a time of crisis, and that makes you woefully unprepared to be president.

    October 31, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  24. Ken

    Wow, thats quite a development. I'm curious to find out what effect Obama's infomercial had on the polls, but I guess we wont find that out until Monday.

    It'll be quite a blow to McCain if he loses his home state. I guess America is really tired of the old politics of character attacks. McCain should really stop trying to put his opponent down and instead highlight whatever it is he plans to do for America.

    I can identify negative things being said by McCain, but I can't point to one positive thing. Thats sad.

    October 31, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  25. Ron L

    Frankly in my opinion it would be great if Sen. mcCain lost his home state for TWO major reasons.
    1) The selection of Gov. Palin showS the term "Country First" that he so often uses is JUST NOT TRUE. How, could you place someone so ill prepared in the V.P. seat and say you were putting the nation first? It is a clear example of how his judgement is irratic and I think sometime unsafe.
    2) One of the LAMEST excuses I have EVER heard for running a rather NEGATIVE campaign is the answer " If Senator Obama had gone on a series of town hall meetings with him his campaign would not have been that way" Excuse me, are we dealing with a 72 year old adult or a 9 year old brat. I am amazed that he gets away with this poor excuse and none of the news people challenge him on it. I mean the answer reeks of immaturity, and a tit for tat mentality. It also means he is APPROVING all of the Negativity even the clear distortions about Sen. Obamas character...It's pretty sad, but not surprising.

    October 31, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
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